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Enjoy authentic Argentine tango in its genuine form through this passionate fairytale, as theatre and dance come together for a magical experience. Don’t miss this sultry, sexy and dynamic show of tango at its best!
Based on real people and events, “Once Upon a Tango” is a captivating tale, told entirely through the dance of Argentine tango. The show focuses on a storyline of a young woman and a quirky man who in discovering tango, find each other, and the passion they have been longing for. Critics say it is "a uniquely delightful show, with expert tango performances.”
Giovanna Dan, born and raised in Los Angeles, has Argentine tango flowing through her veins daughter of the legendary dancer and "Forever Tango" star Zita Gonzalez, Giovanna grew up around the art form. Starting at the age of 4, Giovanna stayed close to her roots by dancing Argentine Folk and eventually decided to follow her mother’s footsteps and pursue tango.
Enjoy authentic Argentine tango in its traditional form through this passionate fairytale, as theatre and dance come together for a magical experience. Hope, humor, drama, and romance - from one extreme to another - this show takes you on a journey of emotions that will have you dancing in your seat.
Development of the Show: Once Upon a Tango is based on real characters and real settings from the tango community of Los Angeles. For example, in the scene where the protagonists are learning to dance tango, the characters who play the teachers of The Tango Room (a dance studio in LA) are indeed actual teachers at The Tango room. The same goes for all the characters who in real life are professional dancers, as well as social dancers, performers, and event organizers. As for the protagonists, their story of meeting and falling in love through this passionate dance, are a combination of classic tango love stories. The creators of the show chose to develop it this way to show audiences the traditional context of Argentine Tango dance, and inspire people of all ages to learn to tango.
About the Artists:
GD Tango represents the partnership of Guillermo De Fazio and Giovanna Dan. While currently based in Los Angeles, California, the duo has been spreading tango together worldwide since 2015. While dedicating their time to growing Argentine tango in LA, Guillermo and Giovanna work on their own productions and travel around the world teaching and performing at different events and festivals including various states in the US, South America, Europe, Asia, and in Dubai. GD Tango was recently featured dancing at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Symphony, choreographing for commercials including Geico, and performing on television channels including Telemundo and Univision.
Guillermo De Fazio, from the famous sibling duo Los Hermanos Macana, is a world renown Argentine tango performer, choreographer, and teacher. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Guillermo and his brother studied tango and other popular dances from an early age. In 1995, Los Hermanos Macana had their tango debut, and by 1998 they invented the choreography "Mala Junta" that would lead them to dance in the most prominent theaters and events worldwide. In 2001, they participated in the Robert Duvall film "Assassination Tango" and following that, they continued to tour the world nonstop, sharing the stage with artists such as Placido Domingo. In 2011, the brothers were invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to perform in major art festival and in 2012, they began to tour their very own entertainment company, Tango Macho. Tango Macho, comprised of the original sibling duo, the best dancers of Argentina, and live authentic tango music, brought the brothers to Los Angeles, where Guillermo currently resides. Since 2015, Guillermo has been developing his own productions and touring the world with GD Tango, most recently featured at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic.
Giovanna Dan, born and raised in Los Angeles, has Argentine tango flowing through her veins daughter of the legendary dancer and Forever Tango star Zita Gonzalez, Giovanna grew up around the art form. Starting at the age of 4, Giovanna stayed close to her roots by dancing Argentine Folk and eventually decided to follow her mother’s footsteps and pursue tango. Reflecting her passion to preserve Argentine culture, Giovanna founded Tangaucho youth group where she directs the future generations of Argentine folk and tango dancers in Los Angeles. With extensive training in various styles from belly dancing, to hip hop, to modern dance, Giovanna continued her dance education at the University of California Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Choreographic Studies. Since 2010, Giovanna has been seen in various tango and folklore productions across the country and internationally, including Master Gaucho Productions, Tango Macho, Tango Buenos Aires, and Tango Under the Stars with the LA Philharmonic Symphony. Currently Giovanna is developing projects with GD Tango, as they teach and perform around the world.
Reviews: "a uniquely delightful show, with expert tango performances.” “the show received a standing ovation” — Laura Tate, CoffeeandTango.com.
Presenter / Producer: GD Tango
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 805-965-4500
New Vic Theater
33 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara CA 93101
Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo
Performance Dates: 5/19/2019
$35 - $50
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